|Pattern Description: Women's tunics, fitted at bust.|
Pattern Sizing: 6-24W, I made a 10 with no mods, and I'm 5'6", about 35 28 40. Hip measurement doesn't come into play in view B, the bottom edge is very wide.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes, hardly have to look at them, really
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
this top came together in an hour, including cutting time. View B only has 3 pieces to cut. Easy peasy.
Also, because of the fitted bust and really wide bottom, it could be a cute maternity top for the earlier months.
Dislike: this isn't a great point of contention, but I feel like the straps could me made cleaner. As opposed to sewing in the back and slipstitching to the front. I think, (and this would not work for regular ole woven bias tape, which I *think* the pattern suggests to finish top edges), if you were to make your own bias tape out of the same fabric (knit), you could bind the neckline, and then do back and sides, but topstitching the open edge of the tape (closed) to make a continuous strap coming off the edge, and do both 'armholes' this way. Or something like that.
Having said that, I was making this top at 10pm as part of a costume for a half marathon at 5 am the very next morning, so I just serged and turned under all top edges once, and it doesn't look half bad. I skipped hemming, because of the time issue, but the nature of fabric makes it possible to leave it that way (kind of rolled edge?)
Fabric Used: JoAnn's polyester knit, super lightweight and stretchy
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: NONE! I had no time to fiddle with it, so I looked at finished measurements on paper, crossed my fingers, and went to cutting. Size 10 fit perfectly. I did do a french seam in the sides, which I think took a little more than a standard 5/8 allowance.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I want to try both the other views, and I'd really like to make view A, but instead of gathering and stitching down the back, making a channel in it, for the strap to pass through, like many commercially made tops.
I think this is a great pattern if you're itching to sew something, but don't have the energy for a full blown, muslin, alterations, lots of cutting kind of project. Cute, practical, and very instant gratification.